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BALLAST BATTLE
(2007-05-16)
(wgvu) - THE GREAT LAKES COMMISSION HAS ASKED THE REGION'S
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR HELP IN KEEPING INVASIVE SPECIES OUT
OF THE WATER.
THE COMMISSION SAYS IT WANTS THE DELEGATION TO MAKE EFFECTIVE
BALLAST WATER LEGISLATION ITS TOP GREAT LAKES PRIORITY THIS YEAR.
BALLAST WATER OFTEN IS HELD IN TANKS AND CARGO HOLDS OF
OCEAN-GOING SHIPS TO INCREASE STABILITY AND MANEUVERABILITY DURING
TRANSIT.
SHIPS CAN DISCHARGE THE WATER, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE THE
SOURCE OF TROUBLING INVASIVE SPECIES LIKE THE ZEBRA MUSSEL AND
ROUND GOBY.
COMMISSION MEMBER STATES ARE MICHIGAN, INDIANA, ILLINOIS,
MINNESOTA, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA AND WISCONSIN.

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